Blood on my Hands
By: Todd Strasser
Blood on my Hands takes place in the police department during the present. The main conflict in the story is someone murdered Katherine and the kids are blaming it on Callie. The book begins with a school dance, then Datoka tells Callie to go look for Katherine in the woods behind the football field. The main character is Callie. Three words to describe Callie is that she is innocent, nice and caring. Callie is motivated by running away and hiding because someone accused her for murder. Another thing that motivated Callie is when she had to disguise herself as someone else. And finally when Callie makes sure that the police cannot track down her calls or texts. I dislike Callie because Callie didn't turn herself in when the police were looking for her and for her to not turn herself in would get her into even more trouble with the police. The relationship between Callie and Slade is good until Katherine told Slade that Callie was cheating on him then Slade broke up with Callie. The theme of the novel is never trust anyone. One example that supports the theme is don't listen to people when they say "go look for someone behind the football field they're missing." Another example is don't listen to any enemies who tell you to do something. A third example from the book is don't trust anyone you don't exactly know. And a final example that supports the theme is don't let your surroundings get to you. Teens can relate to "Blood on my Hands" because this book is about teens who killed another teen. And teens in real life outside of the book could cause murders to anyone. Even their self.